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Cleveland Golf's TFi 2135 1.0 putter: Aim and fire

Kiel ChristiansonBy Kiel Christianson,
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The copper-infused face of the Cleveland Golf TFi 2135 1.0 putter feels as great as it looks. (Courtesy of Cleveland Golf)

The Anser-style putter is an iconic design: heel-toe weighting, flanged blade with a plumber's neck hosel. Recent riffs on this basic design are myriad, but one feature that has changed little is the small alignment line in the center of the flange behind the face.

According to Cleveland Golf, the positioning of this line can be problematic. If the player's eyes are not directly above the line, the player tends to mis-align the line with the center of the ball. And consequently, the putt is not struck in the sweet spot.

The new Cleveland Golf TFi 2135 1.0 putter ($130) addresses this concern by simply raising the line 21.35 millimeters (hence the name), and placing it directly behind the center of the golf ball.

This alignment aid is combined with a unique copper infused, cushioned face, which is the putter's greatest asset.

Playing the Cleveland Golf TFi 2135 1.0 putter

The "TFi" in the name of the new Cleveland putter stands for True Feel Innovation.

The face is constructed of a copper-infused, milled faceplate over a copolymer insert. The resulting feel is incredibly consistent across the entire face.

With insert putters in which the insert doesn't cover the whole face, you always have a few putts in which you hit the ball with the non-insert part. And this sort of contact feels and reacts very differently from contact on the insert. With the TFi 2135 1.0, this simply doesn't happen.

I played the TFi 2135 1.0 on my home course during two rounds and was extremely impressed with the feel and consistency. The 345g head is partially heel-balanced, which works especially well for a putting stroke that opens slightly and then closes as the putter moves through the ball. As a result of this balance, I noticed that if I did miss a putt, it missed right because I had left the toe open a tad.

Even on mishits, the ball rolled true and finished close to the hole. Speed was never a question with the unique -- and extremely attractive -- copper face.

Cleveland Golf's TFi 2135 1.0 putter: The verdict

With the number of new putters I test, the single biggest adjustment moving from one flatstick to the next is speed. The fact that I was able to dial in the speed almost immediately makes the Cleveland TFi 2135 1.0 a winner in my book.

For all the talk about the raised alignment line, I frankly didn't see or feel a huge difference with respect to my aim or set-up. The little raised line did make it nearly impossible to pick up the ball with the back of the putter, though. Of course, when you hit so many putts, you usually have to pick it up out of the hole with your hand, anyway.

For more information, visit clevelandgolf.com.

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Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Ill. Read his golf blog here and follow him on Twitter @GolfWriterKiel.

 
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